I’m finally done with my first, and maybe last reversible coat. I say, “maybe last” since the first coat came out so well! If you remember my Unintentional Wardrobe post, I have two more fabrics that I originally intended for a travel coat. The fabrics for this version were in my stash and I decided to use them for a first draft. I love how easy-going this pattern is. The out-of-print Butterick 6269 goes together well and produces a simple roomy coat that I will be able to use as a blanket on the plane, and can easily fit over other layers.
I still have some work to do on the coat. First, the coat is still not waterproof except for the natural water resistance that wool provides. I just don’t love the crunchy or slippery feel of raincoat fabric. The plaid looks like a raincoat fabric, but is actually a silk twill. A spray waterproofer would work well in this instance since they don’t seem to change the hand of the fabric. Will I use the reverse side of the coat with the plaid out? I think I would if the plaid side is water-resistant.
Second, a hidden pocket for documents would be a nice addition for travel, so I might add one into the side seam. This is easy and will only take an hour or so to complete, therefore I think that it’s a must do.
Third, I may hem the coat shorter. I love a long calf-length coat, but I’m worried about the weight while walking around Rome and Paris. A knee-length coat would suffice, but I want to get a few more pieces of my travel wardrobe together before I decide on the exact proportion.
I’ll let you know what changes I pursue over the next few months! Next week is a summer top!
I love that squiggley wool fabric and think it’s a great idea as an alternative to goretex, which is not exactly known for it’s drape. And makes a lot of noise too. I hope you don’t feel you have to shorten it 🙂
I won’t consider the length for a few months, and I agree that it looks great long. I’m just thinking about the weight of carrying it as the day warms up.
I’m not usually a plaid person (over exposure to flannel shirts as a child?) , but somehow the combination with the squiggle wool makes all the difference. As always your color sense is spot on. Its sultry here so the idea of making a coat is rather revolting at the moment (I’m focused on linen pants, linen knit shirts, ice tea) but fall will come…..
Next week I’m showing linen and knit, but it has been a cold spring here.
I don’t think I would have considered those fabrics together but they are perfect! Lovely job.
What a gorgeous coat! Or should I say: “What gorgeous coats!” I see there are many types of waterproofing at Mountain Equipment Co-op in Canada; some that you can wash in, which would be useful if you were going to pre-shrink fabric.
I’m planning to make a double-sided coat, too, though I don’t have your pattern. Any special tips?
I hope you’ll show us how you’ve configured the retro-fit pockets.
Don’t be too hasty about cutting your coat to a shorter length. It can get mighty cold in Paris and Rome and your lower legs could be very happy to have some warmth.
Love your Mizono shirt – the Gelli printing sent me in a whole new direction. What fun.
Thanks for all the inspiration.
Thanks for the waterproofing tips. I’ll do a little research on the best product. I don’t have special tips, but there is one problem that I forgot to mention. The two hems are exactly the same but the inside fabric always sticks out a bit on the bottom. I’m going to tack them together and see if that solves it. I’ll put in the pockets first. Sounds like I will have a follow up post on this one.
I can’t wait to see it and touch the fabric in person. I love the fabric combo😊
Nice matching of the plaid at the shoulders.
I hadn’t sewn a plaid in 40 years and had forgotten how time consuming it is!
You are so inspiring.
Good combination of inner and outer fabric and, as you say, plaid says rain? If you should spray inner w repellent, it would increase warmth, I guess…decisions, decisions! Julie told you I got the brace….hope you don’t get pic….not flattering!!!Love to both, Mom
Well time will tell…